Conference 2022 – Health and Healing

Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham – April 1st to 3rd

Our 2022 Annual Conference on ‘Health and Healing’ took place between April 1st and 3rd. It was our first ever ‘blended’ conference with about 30 people at Woodbrooke and 30 online. Two of our speakers were at Woodbrooke and two online.

The conference was well-received and we were delighted that, with only a few minor technical hitches, it worked well. Our four speakers covered a wide range of approaches. Dr Monica Janowski spoke about a traditional approach to health and healing in the longhouse culture of the Kelabit people in Sarawak. Staying in Asia, we had an overview of Chinese medicine by Ranald Macdonald. Coming nearer home, Gervais Frykman introduced us to the Friends Fellowship of Healing, whose work can be traced back to George Fox. Our conference was rounded off by Dr Neil Morgan, who was given the topic of ‘Physical, mental and spiritual health’: he named his talk ‘From Division towards Wholeness’ and he spoke about integration in a variety of ways.

We will be putting the talks on this website and we will be publishing a conference pamphlet with all the talks in it, plus a universalist summary article. This will be sent free to all QUG members and will also be available for sale. For further details see this website or email

Speakers and Topics

Dr. Neil MorganPhysical, mental and spiritual health. (attending online)

Neil trained in medicine and psychiatry and worked as a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist in the NHS for twenty years. He now has a full-time private practice, as a psychoanalyst. He is a Quaker who lives in St. Albans and frequently writes in the Friend.

Watch Neil Morgan’s lecture

Gervaise FrykmanThe healing ministry amongst Quakers. (attending online)

Pauline (and other colleagues) represented the Friends Fellowship of Healing, one of the largest single interest groups in the Religious Society of Friends in Britain. Pauline is a Quaker who lives in Yorkshire.

Watch Gervaise Frykman’s lecture

Ranald MacDonaldHealing in Eastern cultures. (coming to Woodbrooke)

Ranald has practised Chinese medicine and taught Tai Chi for forty years. Ranald is a Quaker attender and lives in Devon.

Watch Ranald MacDonald’s lecture

Dr. Monica JanowskiHealth and healing in the context of the Kelabit people of Borneo (coming to Woodbrooke).

Monica has been a lecturer at Sussex University and at SOAS, University of London, and is currently a research fellow at the Sarawak Museum and SE Asia curator at Hull University. She is a Quaker, finding her own spirituality rooted in nature, and has recently trained as a forest bathing guide.

Watch Monica Janowski’s lecture